As the calendar turns to 2012, the political season promises to heat up. Box Wine Theatre will be there right from the beginning with Raucous Caucus II, a festival of short plays from across the political spectrum. "We wanted to provide a platform for open dialogue between all political views that challenges as well as entertains our audiences," says co-artistic director Adam Sharp. The festival features works by Sam Graber, Greg Abbott, Heather Meyer, Sarah McPeck, Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, and Sharp, and promises to cover a wide swath of political beliefs and topics. The goal is to create a series that goes beyond everyday sound bites into actual discussions and explorations of the myriad issues facing the country and the world today. At the beginning of the process, the company took submissions from local and national playwrights. "The works were then solidified based on their quality and overall message—regardless of their political leaning," Sharp says. The directors include Brian Balcom, Alexandra Gould, Jenna L. Kubly, Ben Layne, Scott Pakudaitis, Jenna Papke, and Cody Stewart, who cast and brought to life each of the pieces. "Whether a person agrees or disagrees with an individual play's overall message, we hope to engage audiences in a way that is not only meaningful, but will inspire people to take a more active role in our country's political process," he says.
Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 10 p.m. Starts: Jan. 5. Continues through Jan. 26, 2012